de·pen·dence noun \di-ˈpen-dən(t)s\
: the state of needing something or someone else for support, help, etc.
: the state of being addicted to alcohol or a drug
: the quality or state of being dependent; especially : the quality or state of being influenced or determined by or subject to another
: one that is relied on
a : drug addiction <developed a dependence on painkillers>
b : habituation 2b
Examples of DEPENDENCE
- The company was hurt by its dependence on government loans.
- Our dependence upon foreign oil makes our economy vulnerable.
- a harmful dependence on foreign oil
First Known Use of DEPENDENCE
de·pen·dence noun \di-ˈpen-dən(t)s\ (Medical Dictionary)
: the quality or state of being dependent upon or unduly subject to the influence of another
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